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Buttermilk Racer
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Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
SuborderSerpentes
FamilyColubridae
SubfamilyColubrinae
GenusColuber
SpeciesC. constrictor
SubspeciesC. c. anthicus

The Buttermilk Racer (Coluber constrictor anthicus) is a subspecies of racer, a nonvenomous, colubrid snake.

Description Edit

The Buttermilk Racer is a thin bodied snake, capable of attaining lengths of 60 inches. Its color is a unique pattern of black, greens, yellows, greys, and even sometimes blues, flecked with white or yellow. Their underside is white or cream colored.

Distribution Edit

The Buttermilk Racer is found only in the United States, in southern Arkansas, Louisiana, and southern and eastern Texas.

Behavior Edit

Racers are diurnal, active predators. They are fast moving, and are often quick to bite if handled. They generally eat rodents, lizards, and frogs, but as juveniles they will also consume various kinds of soft bodied insect. They are fairly nervous snakes, and as such, do not typically fare well in captivity. For protection, they release a foul-smelling scent when caught to deter predators and also thrash around and unknowingly can injure themselves to escape.

References Edit

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